This is great news for the kelvin Hall ! really really happy about this scheme.
27 January 2012 Last updated at 15:16 Kelvin Hall museums plan on track for £5m lottery funds
A scheme to turn Glasgow's Kelvin Hall into a cultural, research and training centre has been given initial approval for almost £5m of lottery funds.
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a first round pass for the plan to create a safe home for Glasgow's city and university museum collections.
The city council said it would provide access to the city's cultural legacy.
The HLF also confirmed almost £4m in funds for the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre.
The Kelvin Hall scheme would house a combined 1.5 million treasures from Glasgow'sKelvin Hall was home to the city's Museum of Transport, before it moved to its new home at the Riverside Museum.
The hall's international athletics track is also due to close with the opening of the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The Glasgow Club leisure facilities would remain at the site.
Councillor George Redmond, chairman of Glasgow Life, which runs arts, sport and leisure services for the city, said: "Glasgow is blessed with an abundance of cultural treasures and by working with our partner organisations, we now have an opportunity to safeguard these collections for future generations.
"At the heart of everything we do is a deep desire to ensure that the public can access their cultural legacy, investing in our shared heritage to increase knowledge and the city's reputation as a global cultural capital."
Prof David Gaimster, director of The Hunterian, said: "Kelvin Hall will deliver The University of Glasgow's strategic vision for The Hunterian as a leading global university museum service setting benchmarks in collections research, teaching, training and public engagement. This ambitious partnership between city and university is a first in the UK cultural sector."
Having been awarded a first round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals for the grant of £4.8m
civic collection and from The University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.